Published as part of the Encyclopédie méthodique (histoire naturelle)
Plates mostly signed by Bénard; other engravers and illustrators include: Barrois, Deseve, Drouet, Pierron, and Mlle. Cornu
Text in double columns
Vignette on t.p.'s; tail-pieces
Plates no. 3 and 188 are double plates
According to the "Avis" at the front of each volume, seven of the plates (nos. 241-247?) are to be found in "tome VII du Recueil", under the title, "Manière de connaître les oiseaux par le bec et par les pattes"
Copy 2 of ptie 1 has added t.p.'s dated 1790 and 1791